Residents demand action over closure

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More than 1,500 people are demanding urgent action over controversial plans to close Market Rasen ambulance station.

In just six days hundreds of people in Market Rasen, Middle Rasen and Tealby have signed a petition demanding the local ambulance station stays opens and two ambulances are on stand by in the area.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) wants to close the station and move all staff to Gainsborough - more than 20 miles away.

Last week the Rasen Mail revealed how local paramedics were worried the closure would put lives at risk.

And now a petition, set up by resident Guy Grainger, is putting pressure on EMAS to reconsider its plans.

Mr Grainger said: “The petition is an important element in the campaign to get a proper level of emergency ambulance cover for the Market Rasen area.”

And he said residents would not put up with poor ambulance response times any longer.

He said: “We need to get people to think about the impact this will have.

“The petition can certainly make a difference.

“The whole community is saying we can do something about this.

“I couldn’t be more positive. We won’t give up, we will keep on pushing.”

More than 20 businesses and individuals have helped to collect signatures - and Mr Grainger says there are still more to come.

He said: “There are still people who don’t know anything about this.”

The petition will remain in various shops throughout the area for several more days.

EMAS has been handed multi-million pound fines for poor response times three years in a row.